NJSIAA Sectional Track and Field

Pinelands Junior Captures State Sectional Javelin Championship

May 31, 2017

Carly Jannsch has taken over where Noel Hartman left off. After years of Hartman being the premier javelin thrower for the Pinelands Regional girls track and field program before graduating last year, this spring Jannsch has filled in that role very well.

And following several weeks of inching her way toward the top of the throwing ranks amid Ocean County and the Shore Conference, Jannsch this past weekend captured the NJSIAA South Jersey Group III championship with a throw of 126 feet, 9 inches. Earlier this month, the junior was second in Ocean County with a throw of 120 feet, 2 inches and third in the Shore Conference with a throw of 114 feet, 10 inches.

Last year, Hartman – who had won the county title as a sophomore, junior and senior – finished as the runner-up in South Group II while firing the spear a career-best 124 feet, 3 inches to take fourth in the Group II Championships. Jannsch this weekend will take aim at the Group III crown while attempting to qualify for the Meet of Champions, slated for June 10.

Also qualifying for the Group III meet was Pinelands teammate Elizabeth Makar, who took fourth in the shot put with a toss of 35 feet, 4 ½ inches.

Meanwhile, for the Pinelands boys, their highest finisher also was a javelin thrower, as Brennan Richardson ended up with a top distance of 154 feet to place fourth. Sean Casiao was sixth in the javelin with a throw of 148 feet, 9 inches. The only other group-meet qualifier was the crew of Evan Burton, Casiao, Jarred Rheiner and Richardson, who combined for sixth in the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 45.60 seconds.

In the boys’ South Jersey Group II meet, Barnegat junior Nico Adorno had a solid weekend, swiping second in both the 100-meter and 400-meter dashes while grabbing fourth in the 200-meter dash. In the 100, Adorno raced to a time of 11 seconds and clocked a time of 50.16 seconds in the 400. In the 200, he crossed the finish line in 22.37 seconds. Adorno and teammates Justin Gomez, Dewight Smith-Fernandez and Jake Schmitz also took second in the 4x100 relay in 43.58 seconds.

The only other individual qualifier for the Group II meet was senior Gunnar Pearson, who ran to a time of 1:57.01 and finished .07 behind the top finisher in the 800-meter run. For the Barnegat girls, Sara Wells was fourth in the discus with a throw of 100 feet, 1 inch, while Ginalee Erskine grabbed sixth in the discus at 97 feet, 6 inches, and sixth in the javelin with a throw of 104 feet, 4 inches, and Kylie Picaro snagged fifth in the high jump by clearing 5 feet.

As for the Southern Regional girls, all three of the Rams’ relays competing in the South Jersey Group IV meet qualified for the group meet this weekend. The 4x100 crew of Jaytlynn Pantaleano, Morgan Koeppen, Caitlin Hambor, and Abby Johnson combined for a time of 49.63 seconds to place fourth, while the 4x400-meter team of Sabrina Woodlee, Koeppen, Hambor and Karagan Bulger took fifth in 3:59.88, and Woodlee, Rachel Ornstein, Taylor Mulch and Bulger ran to a second-place time of 9:30.92 in the 4x800-meter relay.

Individually, Koeppen had the highest finish for the Rams, placing second in the triple jump with a hop, skip and jump of 35 feet, 6 ½ inches. Koeppen also took fourth in the pole vault by clearing 8 feet, 6 inches. Hambor was a fourth-place finisher in the long jump with a leap of 16 feet, 9 inches, and Jenna Kulinski grabbed fourth in the javelin with a throw of 115 feet, 8 inches. Woodlee also took fourth in the 400-meter hurdles (1:05.72) and sixth in the 800 (2:19.07).

For the Southern boys, only two individuals qualified for the Group IV Championships – Joe Guglielmo, who was second in the javelin with a top throw of 174 feet, 9 inches, and Paul Keyes, who was fourth in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:21.62.

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